Posted by: softypapa | January 21, 2008

Antique Japanese Happiness Box – Wooden Fuku Masu

Antique Japanese Happiness Box Wooden Fuku Masu Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Antique Japanese Happiness Box Wooden Fuku Masu Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Antique Japanese Happiness Box Wooden Fuku Masu Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Antique Japanese Happiness Box Wooden Fuku Masu Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Antique Japanese Happiness Box Wooden Fuku Masu Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Antique Japanese Happiness Box Wooden Fuku Masu Japan Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

Fuku means happiness in Japanese and masu means box.  Masu were traditionally used by the Japanese to measure such items as rice, beans or even sake.  Fuku masu or happiness boxes are a special type of masu which the Japanese use during the spring festival called Setsubun (Feb 2nd).  During the festival, Japanese families scatter soy beans, coins (and sometimes candy for the kids) around their homes in order to drive away unhappy spirits.  These boxes are used to carry the soy beans and coins (and candy) during this ritual.  The boxes stack one into another for easy storage until next year’s spring festival.

About the Listed Item

This antique wooden fuku masu box is structurally in excellent condition with firm and tight joints.  The box is very worn and has many scratches as well as chips and marks from age and past use.  The box is held together with bamboo pins along with fine wooden joints.  Faded Japanese writing is visible in places on the surface of the box and carved Japanese writing is found on the underside.  This item dates from the early to mid Japanese Showa period (1926-1989).

Size:
Height: 2.8 inches (7.2 centimeters)
Width: 3.4 inches (8.7 centimeters)
Length: 3.4 inches (8.7 centimeters)
Weight: 4.4 ounces (125 grams)

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item code: R1S4-0003426
category code: fukumasu
ship code: L1650

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Responses

  1. […] For more about fuku masu, see here. […]

  2. hello! I would love to purchase this happiness box.. so beautiful. I am interested in using this box to put an engagement ring inside. How do I go about buying this box and would you have other items that have a top so the box can be closed?
    thank you and hope to hear SOON from you.
    Todd

  3. […] For more about fuku masu, see here. […]

  4. Love the happiness box, It is beautiful in its simplicity. I remember back in my village in India, my grand mother used to have a box like this with a slideing cover, She used to have rock salt in it, as it kept dry. Simple and thats why it is happiness.
    VR


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